EU Proposal On Capital-Based Meetings

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7 March, 2005
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EU Proposal on Capital-Based Meetings
Washington Trade Daily
Volume 14, Number 47
March 8, 2005
Trade Reports International Group

Geneva - European Union trade commissioner Peter Mandelson last Friday at the informal World Trade Organization ministerial meeting in Mombasa called for more meetings of capital-based senior officials in addition to more mini-ministerials to help assure the success of the Doha Development Agenda negotiations (see related report this issue).

During a special ministerial session on the "roadmap" for the Hong Kong ministerial meeting, the EU trade commissioner said unless the mini-ministerials are backed up with capital-based officials sessions, the negotiations would not gain the momentum intended at Mombasa for the talks.

Most trade ministers attending the Mombasa meeting were indifferent to Mr. Mandelson's proposal, sources told WTD.